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Governor Pence Signs Legislation To Combat Drug Abuse In Indiana

Last updated on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

(INDIANAPOLIS) - On Monday, Governor Mike Pence signed bipartisan legislation to combat drug abuse in Indiana.

These bills were recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention, which was created on September 1, 2015 by Governor Pence and consists of experts from a variety of specialties tasked with developing a comprehensive approach to addressing drug problems in Indiana.

"The scourge of drug abuse has brought heartbreak for far too many Hoosiers families," said Governor Pence. "Drug abuse problems are not unique to our state, but I'm determined to meet this challenge head-on here in Indiana. To start, I believe that any strategy to address drug abuse must start with enforcement. We need to make it clear that Indiana will not tolerate the actions of criminals, and I'm pleased to sign into law HEA 1235 to increase penalties on drug dealers.

"As we seek to address the root causes of addiction and focus on treatment, I'm also pleased to sign additional legislation that provides for opioid dependence treatment, a standing order for naloxone and immunity for certain individuals who administer it, and establishes the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse. The best way to reduce, prevent and treat drug addiction is to develop a holistic and collaborative approach, and I'm confident that these bills will help save Hoosier lives."

The Governor signed the following bills regarding drug enforcement, treatment and prevention:

The Bill Watch page will be updated accordingly: http://in.gov/gov/2016billwatch.htm

Governor Pence signed the bills in a ceremony at Hope Academy in Indianapolis. Hope Academy is a tuition-free, Indiana public charter high school for students in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. As the only recovery high school in Indiana - and just one of 30 nationwide - Hope Academy provides a supportive community for students to maintain their sobriety and receive a Core 40 diploma. Hope Academy is one of only three recovery high schools in the United States accredited by the Association of Recovery High Schools.

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